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Dane County Parks

Silverwood County Park

Silverwood County Park is located in the Town of Albion on the far southeastern edge of Dane County. The park is within the Glacial Heritage Area which links a series of parks, preserves, natural areas, and other conservation lands together to provide outdoor recreation and preserve wildlife and water resources. 

The property, named after the Silverwood Family, was donated to Dane County in 2001 by Irene Silverwood after it had been in the Silverwood family since 1870. The Park is approximately 300 acres and is a mix of agricultural fields, woodland, and Rice Lake shoreline. Pursuant to the wishes of Mrs. Silverwood, the Park was leased out for agricultural production for the first several years of County ownership and therefore park planning and development did not begin until 2013. Currently, the park facilities are under development.  A rustic lake access site has been developed on Sweet Lake and a boat portage has been established to access Rice Lake.  Hiking trails are under construction and should be open late in 2016.  A portable toilet is usually available at the parking area off of the Silver Lane entrance.

The size of the park and recreational amenities offered will expand over time -- future park development and designated uses are outlined in the Silverwood County Park Master Plan (see documents in the Plans/Projects tab below)  Additional documents can be found on the Silverwood County Park Master Plan webpage.

This park is supported in part by the Friends of Silverwood Park.


Google Maps are provided for reference. Trails, park boundaries, parking lots and other features on this map may not be up-to-date. Please check the official maps for up-to-date information.